There are a number of circumstances where the considered risk to foetal or maternal health outweigh the wait for spontaneous labour. These may include gestational age of 41 completed weeks or more, pre-labour rupture of amniotic membranes, hypertensive disorders, maternal medical complications and fetal death among others. Each case is considered on its own merit. [3]

Induction of labour, may cause discomfort due to the procedure itself and due to the woman’s restricted mobility. To avoid any potential risks, the woman and her baby should be monitored closely. [3]

About the study

Introduction and aims: Rates of induction of labour (IoL) are rising and there is increasing awareness of the importance of taking into account women’s preferences regarding how they will be induced. However, evidence suggests that women currently do not feel sufficiently involved in the decision-making process. This study evaluated women’s experience with IoL prior to giving birth, focussing on their interaction with healthcare professionals, the level of knowledge they had before IoL and the kind of information they received. Methods: An online questionnaire was carried out in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. Respondents were recruited through social media platforms and included if they were aged 18–44 years, had IoL and a singleton birth ≤8 weeks ago. Results: Of the 3,800 women who started the questionnaire, 350 (9%) met the inclusion criteria and completed it. One-third of women did not know what to expect from IoL and 49% felt the experience differed from their expectations. Over a third (36%) disagreed that IoL methods were discussed thoroughly with them, 41% disagreed that they had a full understanding of the various methods and 51% researched additional information by themselves. The majority (65%) did not feel they were fully in charge of choosing the IoL method, only 56% felt satisfied with the medical support they had received, and 36% stated that medical support/communication could have been improved. Those who did not feel fully informed were more likely to state they did not have a full understanding of IoL options and felt less involved in the final decision making. Conclusions: Despite the inherent risk of a selection bias, many women do not seem to know what to expect from IoL due to the lack of information. Providing more detailed and timely information may allow for a more informed and collaborative decision-making process. [1]

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[1] Johal G., Watson M. Are expectant mothers sufficiently involved in the decision-making process regarding induction of labour? A European survey, Accepted by EBCOG for publication as an abstract in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2023

[2] Marconi AM. Recent advances in the induction of labor. F1000Res. 2019 Oct 30;8:F1000 Faculty Rev-1829. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.17587.1. PMID: 31723412; PMCID: PMC6823899

[3] WHO Recommendations for Induction of Labour 2011, WHO Press, World Health

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